See what happens when I leave my thread to languish for a while? It becomes a chatting ground for ex-pats
Ladies thank you for noticing my absence.
My commitment to this thread was de-railed when I had end of term and elderly relative visits fast approaching. Suddenly my life was too busy and I think my feeling of guilt at not blogging grew each day so that I didn't dare return to face my shame....
One entire school year over. Wow!! My son has grown physically, mentally, and emotionally. Finally, and with the excellent Canadian Health System and pro-active approach to child health to thank, son has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. Now I know WHY he is uncoordinated, has poor fine motor control, and doesn't stop moving except when sleeping or reading. What SPD is would be a whole different blog or essay, neither of which I am going to attempt here. Suffice it to say that I am eternally grateful that we moved to Canada where the schooling system is not so rigidly measured that the only solution to an extraordinary child is to squash the extraordinary out of him. Also that we moved to Canada where annual child health checks are the norm, and doctors listen to a mother's concerns with interest. Onwards and ever upwards
But, oh... the school holidays are so loooong! 2 or 3 weeks longer than in the UK. I am a big fan of the 'Camp' things. I put it in quotes because at son's age they don't really camp, nor stay overnight. But the concept of taking your child somewhere where they receive organised and healthy fun for a number of days in a row seems to me to be BRILLIANT one. I have booked son in on a Dinosaur Camp, and a Soccer Camp.
I continue to meet new friends, how great is that?! Today we went over to a mother that I met through school council. She has four children, my son fits between children 2 and 3, so they played together excellently. New friend and I got on really well, and we hope to repeat the visit again in the summer.
Oh yes, my vocabulary is changing. I haven't quite used the verb 'to visit' in it's North American form, but any day now I am sure it will slip out of my mouth. And I have noticed that my sentence structure is altering too. No longer will I tell son to "go and take off your shoes", now I am just as likely to say "go take off your shoes". I don't think
that it's just lazy speech, I think it's the influence of what I hear.
We are not planning to go away this summer, partly because we are still 'on holiday' in this big and sunny land; and also because I was so bamboozled with choice that I didn't book us anything at all. If I get fed up of being here, I will pack us up for a few days and install a house sitter. But I'm not fed up yet - sunshine, horses, dogs, barbecue, fire pit, repeat repeat repeat. What more could a girl want?!
Now I will go and update my sadly ignored horsey blog too.